Durham University

Contact details

Website: www.dur.ac.uk/library/ Email: main.counter@durham.ac.uk Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 3042

About the library

Durham University Library provides an excellent range of collections, resources, and flexible study spaces across five library locations and online.

In Durham, the Bill Bryson Library is a modern, award-winning building on the Mountjoy site housing the modern collections in all subjects except Education, and it is also the administrative centre and main library. A major extension to the building was completed in 2012 with the addition of a new East Wing. Situated close to the College of St Hild and St Bede, the Leazes Road Library in the School of Education serves both members of the University and local teachers; it includes a large Teaching Resources Centre. The Business School Library in Durham University Business School supports research and education in business and management. The ISC Library at Queen's Campus provides support for the programmes delivered by the International Study Centre at Stockton-on-Tees. (A staffed library service is also provided at Ushaw College Library, situated five miles from Durham city centre, and home to significant archive and rare book collections: further information about Ushaw is available via its own website.) The Palace Green Library, situated on a World Heritage Site, houses a large part of the University Library's Special Collections, notably, Bishop Cosin's Library and the Sudan Archive. It includes the Wolfson and Dennyson Stoddart galleries, world-class exhibition facilities which hosted the Lindisfarne Gospels when they were displayed in Durham during 2013. (Other archival collections, as well as lesser-used materials, are housed at 5 The College.) Palace Green Library also became the new home in 2014 for the public archaeological displays from the Museum of Archaeology. The Oriental Museum, the only one in the north of England devoted to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia, is situated at Elvet Hill, close to the University's 'Hill Colleges'.

[Library name] also contributes to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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